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    Thainess is to blame

    Interesting article on Thainess being responsible for all the road carnage, 3 deaths an hour is a number you would think might result in action, but dream on


    Deadly consequences of doing things the 'Thai way' | Bangkok Post: opinion

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    One thing that folks tend to forget, is that a large part of Thainess is for a Thai to be extremely proud of Thainess

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    Yes you are right, bloke on the telly a couple of weeks ago actually boasting about how much cash he spent voting for his daughter in a singing contest where you have to send in sms votes. He had sent thousands but she still lost, never occurred to him it was cheating

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    Hardly 'cheating' when the show is set up for people to do just that so the networks can reap huge profits from premium sms rates.

    Surely even numbnuts like you get how that works?

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    Thainess is to blame
    Thaksin just updated his Facebook status to "feeling relieved".

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    Great article that echoes my own observations and feelings. Thanks Dragonfly.

    The last paragraph is very telling: The PM micro-manages the small stuff and ignores the important things. Don't let girls wear skimpy clothes at a motor show, but ignore that 5.1% of deaths in Thailand are due to extremely poor policing, enforcement, and education. FFS! If any country had a disease outbreak that killed 3 people every hour of every day, every week, ongoing, and accounted for 5% of all deaths (disease, old age, crime, et al), battalions of medical staff would be deployed, millions spent on treatments and prophylactic measures.
    But no, this problem is too hard to tackle with anything but lip-service.

    It's sad, too, that they are so proud of their Thainess. So proud, they can't see that much "Thainess" is shameful.

    In a different sort of Thainess, a lady friend of ours recently went to NZ. She returned and complained that many shop staff couldn't speak English. My wife surprised, asked if they were Kiwis or foreigners. Kiwis, says the lady. "I speak with them and they can't understand me, and when they talk to me, I can't understand them. They did not speak English.
    Fact is, her own English is very poor, but she could not self-blame. And it's not as if deep inside she knows she's the one at fault. She doesn't, and she was adamant that many Kiwi people can not speak English.
    Funny, though frustratingly sad.

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    To be fair, a kiwi is a fruit, innit?...

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    My ex wife, while we waited for a bus in London
    ''It'll be here any minute'' I told her

    After 5 mins, she says spitefully ''You're a liar, you is liar, why you lie me?''
    She even told her mum on the phone later that evening

    Some farangs should be proud of some Thainess, like brothels and whores

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam
    And it's not as if deep inside she knows she's the one at fault. She doesn't, and she was adamant that many Kiwi people can not speak English. Funny, though frustratingly sad.
    *Although some quick wits, will say Kiwis can't speak proper English

    Agree with that bro... Thais don't take kindly to criticism as they have been so brainwashed/conditioned to believe their own hype... i.e. they are a special breed, above the other Asians - and above Westerners in some ways..

    I think Patriotism/Nationalism is healthy in moderate doses... but I do believe Thailand has gone too far... no Somchai, Thailand is not the center of the universe...

    This fact is soon discovered once they travel abroad, as Thailand's importance suddenly evaporates into obscurity, the moment they step off the plane.

    I still like Thailand, I'm not dissing everything Thai... they should be proud to be Thai/Lao/Chinese, etc... all good like...

    Just that aspect I always felt uneasy with... I mean, I expect a certain amount of superiority when I went to Japan, as love 'em or hate 'em, ye gotta admit, those buggers are clever sods and have achieved so much...

    But the Japanese were humble and modest... made a refreshing change from the misplaced arrogance of the Thais.

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    As opposed to the Thais who have achieved bugger all.

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    ^ hmmm... I never said that mate... I'm not one to look down on anyone.

    They have plenty of achievements and things to be proud of an' all... just making a point that modesty is sexy.. arrogance is lame..

    Like a cocky boxer (think Prince Naseem) compared to the cool modesty of say Fedor Emelianenko...

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    The fact that Thais have the misconception they are smart and knowledgeable comes from the fact they grew up in Thailand. This enables them to know the language, accept all the superstitions as fact and melt right into Thai society. Foreigners, on the other hand, can not do any of these and appear stupid to the average Thai for even trying. It has nothing to do with intelligence or common sence which the Thai lack, but is a superior attitude for knowing everything Thai.

    I play along with this game, especially when it comes to speaking the language. I am the stupid foreigner who attended seven years of college and managed up to 250 employees at one time. Does this make me smart? Not in Thailand it doesn't. We are all just stupid falangs and that can be seen in their faces and attitude.

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    ^ Very good point, Rick..

    They do tend to measure ones intelligence (or lack of) by the Thai yard stick.. i.e, how much or little you know about all things Thai.

    I suppose that's the only way they can judge our intelligence in their bubble of existence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZdick1983 View Post
    ^ hmmm... I never said that mate... I'm not one to look down on anyone.

    They have plenty of achievements and things to be proud of an' all... just making a point that modesty is sexy.. arrogance is lame..

    Like a cocky boxer (think Prince Naseem) compared to the cool modesty of say Fedor Emelianenko...
    what have they ever achieved then? apart from never being colonized but had to give up about a third of the country to even manage that. Science, no, inventions, no, artistic achievements not much there, great thinkers not much chance. What? well they have had 23 coups and on their 20th constitution that's some kind of achievement.

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    urrr ummm... I was just being diplomatic..

    You're not really asking me for specific examples, are you?

    ok ok.. umm ok.. I'll defend Thai honour.

    #1 somtam
    #2 somtam plaa
    #3 somtam ruam
    #4 somtam pik
    #5 tuk tuk

    are you satisfied?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    My ex wife, while we waited for a bus in London
    ''It'll be here any minute'' I told her

    After 5 mins, she says spitefully ''You're a liar, you is liar, why you lie me?''
    She even told her mum on the phone later that evening

    Some farangs should be proud of some Thainess, like brothels and whores
    That's why she's the ex (I suppose): Thainess.
    I consider myself very lucky that my better half has enough contempt for Thainess to give me loads of leeway with idiomatic English phrases.
    "No, Dear, "a few minutes" was not an exact time frame, it was an idiom".
    "Oh, I see....OK".
    And she would see. And she would ever after know that idiomatic form.
    I love her dearly.

    Blast me, tall-poppy-syndromers.

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    Nope not tuk tuks, they were first imported from Japan in the early 30's. Just leaves somtam and i'm not sure about that as a lot of food stuff was borrowed from elsewhere, muay thai as well, lets face it they are rubbish

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    Backward Oriental savages.
    Uncivilised barbarian despots.



    Why can't they just be like us?

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    Was being a grammar Nazi.

    Who gives a shit about the difference between an Idiomatic expression/phrasal verb/preposition of time or a compound noun?

    Sorry for being a tit.
    Last edited by Bogon; 25-04-2016 at 04:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94
    Nope not tuk tuks, they were first imported from Japan in the early 30's. Just leaves somtam and i'm not sure about that as a lot of food stuff was borrowed from elsewhere, muay thai as well, lets face it they are rubbish
    I know... was being sarcastic... yup, they've invented f' all...

    They still have heaps to be proud of, no denying that - but no more/less than their neighbors, so hard to justify the superior attitude is all...

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    Well there is something they are supremely good at- music and dance, no SEA country can touch them for that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon View Post
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    Was being a grammar Nazi.

    Who gives a shit about the difference between an Idiomatic expression/phrasal verb/preposition of time or a compound noun?

    Sorry for being a tit.
    I wish you hadn't deleted...I'm a maths teacher, not an English teacher, and always happy to learn.
    Most NES don't actually know grammar, just what "sounds right'. Good on you.

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    Funny, farangs crapping on about Thainess while displaying their own version of farangness at the same time ! If they are so hopeless why do so many farangs flock to their miserable little country to live the rest of their lives there ?
    Running Thais down gets you nowhere although it probably makes you feel better.
    It just makes you look like you think you are superior, like a white master has over a black slave.
    Save your energy for something worthwhile rather than racial superiority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat
    After 5 mins, she says spitefully ''You're a liar, you is liar, why you lie me?''
    She even told her mum on the phone later that evening
    Heh...Good one, Pat...What a lying wanker...

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